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Jonathan Rhys Meyers joins Vikings: Season 5

First up, a fifth series of the hit History Channel drama Vikings has been greenlighted. Secondly, Jonathan Rhys Meyers has joined the cast of the show, which will go into production this year for a 2017 air date.

The new season will consist of 20 new episodes.

“We’re tremendously proud of this Canadian-Irish original production that continues to raise the bar with talented storytelling,” said Christine Shipton , Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Shaw Media, the company behind the series. “Today we are thrilled to promise our fans another incredible, super-sized season of ‘Vikings’.”

The fourth season is currently airing in the U.S. on Thursday evenings. The show, which tells the remarkable tales of the lives and epic adventures of the raiders and explorers of the Dark Ages, has a huge following around the world and has gained massive audiences since its conception in 2013.

In the U.K. previous
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Rookie Blue Cancelled After 6 Seasons

Rookie Blue Cancelled After 6 Seasons
Rookie Blue is officially off duty.

The ABC cop drama has been cancelled after six seasons, the show’s Canadian producers Shaw Media announced on Friday.

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“The success of Rookie Blue is a testament not only to the extremely talented team of Ilana Frank, Tassie Cameron, David Wellington and studio Entertainment One (eOne), but the electrifying cast that has resonated with legions of fans that have followed the show since Season One,” said Christine Shipton, Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Shaw Media.
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Ajay Virmani joins Canadian Academy board

Ajay Virmani joins Canadian Academy board
The president and CEO of Canadian cargo airline Cargojet has been appointed to the Academy Of Canadian Cinema & Television’s board.

Virmani recently produced Dr. Cabbie and Breakaway via his First Take Entertainment Ltd, while his executive producer credits include Deepa Mehta’s Water as well as Bollywood/Hollywood.

Ajay Virmani’s wildly successful entrepreneurial expertise, as well as his passion for Canadian cinema and his philanthropic initiatives, make him an ideal fit for the Academy board,” said Academy chair and Prospero Pictures president Martin Katz.

The 17 Academy board members as of August are: Katz; Robin Mirsky; Anita McOuat; Julie Bristow; Paul Bronfman; Don Carmody; Jennifer Dettman; Jonas Diamond; Anne Fitzgerald; Harris Fricker; Scott Henderson; Robert Lantos; Christine Shipton; Gary Slaight; Mark Slone; Virmani; and John Young.

Special advisor is Richard Speer, chair of the Academy in Québec, and ex-officio member is Barry Avrich.
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Syfy’s Continuum Renewed for a Fourth and Final Season

Syfy’s Continuum Renewed for a Fourth and Final Season
It’s a good news/bad news situation for fans of Syfy’s Continuum. The network announced late yesterday that the series had been renewed for a fourth season, meaning that fans would get a proper ending to the show. However, it also revealed that Continuum‘s fourth season would be its last, and that it would only consist of six episodes. Continuum, which comes from executive producer Simon Barry and stars Rachel Nichols as Kiera Cameron, a cop from 2077 who is transported to the present day and tires to thwart a terrorist organization as she finds her way back to the future, is a Canadian series that first premiered on Showcase in Canada in 2012. Syfy picked up the show in 2013. “Continuum‘s award-winning success on Showcase is a testament to the quality of our Canadian original productions,” Christine Shipton, Senior Vice President of Content at Shaw Media, wrote in a statement.
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Canadian Academy names new members

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CBC executive director of studio and unscripted content Jennifer Dettman and Shaw Media vp of original content Christine Shipton have joined the board of the Academy Of Canadian Cinema & Television.

“The addition of two of the country’s most well-respected broadcast executives further strengthens the board’s industry relationships and expertise. Their proven record of creativity matched with fiscal strength will be a great addition to the Board,” said Academy chair Martin Katz.

The Academy board comprises Prospero Pictures president Katz as chair; Rogers Group Of Funds executive director Robin Mirsky as vice-chair; PriceWaterhouseCoopers retired partner Gabriel Nachman as treasurer; BT/A Advertising president Barry Avrich; Bristow Global Media president and CEO Julie Bristow; Comweb Corp and William F White International Inc chairman and CEO Paul Bronfman; producer Don Carmody; and Dettman.

Remaining members are executive producer Jonas Diamond; Cineplex Entertainment chief legal officer Anne Fitzgerald; Gmp Capital Inc CEO Harris Fricker; Bell Media vp of communications
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Canadian Academy anoints new members

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The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television pleased to announce that

CBC executive director of studio and unscripted content Jennifer Dettman and Shaw Media vp of original content Christine Shipton have joined the board of the Academy Of Canadian Cinema & Television.

“The addition of two of the country’s most well-respected broadcast executives further strengthens the board’s industry relationships and expertise. Their proven record of creativity matched with fiscal strength will be a great addition to the Board,” said Academy chair Martin Katz.

The Academy board comprises Prospero Pictures president Katz as chair; Rogers Group Of Funds executive director Robin Mirsky as vice-chair; PriceWaterhouseCoopers retired partner Gabriel Nachman as treasurer; BT/A Advertising president Barry Avrich; Bristow Global Media president and CEO Julie Bristow; Comweb Corp and William F White International Inc chairman and CEO Paul Bronfman; producer Don Carmody; and Dettman.

Remaining members are executive producer Jonas Diamond; Cineplex Entertainment chief legal officer Anne Fitzgerald; Gmp Capital
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Shirley Douglas @ Wift-t 2009 Crystal Awards

Women in Film & Television-Toronto (Wift-t) will honour the winners of their 21st Annual Crystal Awards at a gala luncheon celebration, Monday, November 30, 2009 @ The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. "This year.s winners competed against a slate of exceptional nominees in all categories," said Sadia Zaman, Executive Director of Wift-t. "The winners are a testament to hard work, passion, and creativity. We are honoured to celebrate their achievements.. Actress Shirley Douglas will receive this year.s 'International Achievement Award', presented to a Canadian woman working in screen-based media "...for her significant and well recognized body of work in Canada and abroad..." "Shirley Douglas inspires so many of us in this industry," said Zaman. "She has consistently managed to do work that she loves, and at the same time remain true to her convictions. That is a rare feat in any industry. We are so excited to be able to present her with a Crystal Award.
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Wift-t: 21st Annual Crystal Awards- November 30

Women in Film & Television-Toronto (Wift-t) will honour the winners of their 21st Annual Crystal Awards at a gala luncheon celebration, Monday, November 30, 2009 @ The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. "This year.s winners competed against a slate of exceptional nominees in all categories," said Sadia Zaman, Executive Director of Wift-t. "The winners are a testament to hard work, passion, and creativity. We are honoured to celebrate their achievements.. The 21st Annual Crystal Award winners, selected by an independent jury of former Crystal Award recipients, are: Outstanding Achievement Award Christine Shipton, Senior Vice President, Drama/Factual Content, CanWest Creative Excellence Award Tassie Cameron, Screenwriter/Producer Mentorship Award Lisa Meeches, Executive Producer, President, Eagle Vision Inc., Meeches Video Production Special Jury Award of Distinction Christa Singer, Independent Producer/Director The 2009 Crystal Awards are presented by NBC Universal and CanWest Broadcasting. "...The Crystal Awards recognize the extraordinary achievements of women in film, television, and digital media,
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The Canadian Film Centre Annual BBQ

Hnr's Michael Stevens reporting from Toronto... The Canadian Film Centre (Cfc) Annual BBQ celebrating filmmaking talent @ Tiff 2009, hosted by director/producer Norman "Hurricane" Jewison, was held Sunday September 13 at Toronto's tree-lined, Windfields Estate, home of the Cfc. The exclusive VIP gathering of Canadian/international filmmaking talent gathered to celebrate 'the independent creative spirit' with live music performed by The Arkells and numerous outdoor food/beverage kiosks, providing perogies, pizza, beef, chicken, veggie burgers, beer, wine and my fave drink(s) of the afternoon, the 'Aficionado', made with 'Belvedere Vodka', topped by lemon, white cranberry and sparkling elderflower water. Special announcements included the Cfc naming Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian film actor Kiefer "24" Sutherland as Chair of the 'Cfc Actors Conservatory', presented by Canwest and supported by the Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation, as Canada.s first professional level, cross collaborative on-screen training program for actors. The inaugural five-month session will
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Shooting Begins on 'Copper'

Canada's Canwest Broadcasting has announced the start of production on Copper, a one-hour, 13-episode police series that will be simulcast on Global and ABC Television later this season.

Copper is described as "a workplace drama about five young rookie cops just out of the police academy". The series has an all-Canadian cast that includes Vancouver's Missy Peregrym (Reaper, Heroes) and Gregory Smith (Everwood). Peregrym's character, Andy McNally, is described as "the soul of the close-knit group of five rookie officers". Smith will play another cop, Dov Epstein. Epstein is the "thrill-seeker" among the cops and aspires to emulate his heroes, Starsky & Hutch

Among the other members of the cast of Copper are Enuka Okuma (24), Travis Milne (My Green House), Charlotte Sullivan (M.V.P.), Ben Bass (Would Be Kings), Eric Johnson (Smallville), Matt Gordon (Rent-a-Goalie), Noam Jenkins (Flashpoint), Melanie Nicholls King (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and Aidan Devine (M.V.P.).

"From cast to crew,
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Exec exodus at Banff World TV fest

BANFF, Alberta -- Tuesday lived up to its "moving day" reputation at the Banff World Television Festival as a slew of U.S. and European executives shipped out amid frigid Rocky Mountain temperatures, leaving the fest largely the province of local producers and broadcasters.

But the cold, wet weather that left business suits damp and hair disheveled did little to discourage Canuck producers emboldened by Monday's news that 20th Century Fox Television had bought U.S. format rights to the homegrown comedy "Little Mosque on the Prairie".

During the recent writers strike, opportunistic Canadian producers sold two homegrown dramas -- "Flashpoint" and "The Listener" -- to CBS and NBC, respectively. But Fox's play for "Little Mosque" is seen as evidence that U.S. studios now see pure development potential in Canadian TV series.

"They looked at the concept and they liked it and that's what they bought," said Christine Shipton, senior vp of drama and factual content at CanWest Broadcasting.

Les Tomlin, president and CEO of Canadian producer Peace Point Entertainment Group, said that Americans in Banff this year have been far more receptive to working with Canadians and other international production partners than in past years.

CanWest ups Shipton to vp post

TORONTO -- Canadian broadcaster CanWest Media Works on Wednesday promoted veteran producer Christine Shipton to vp of original programming. Shipton, who joined Winnipeg, Manitoba-based broadcaster last May as director of original programming, is best known for developing Due South, which aired for two seasons on CBS, while working as a development executive at Alliance Communications during the mid-1990s.

CanWest taps Shipton for drama post

TORONTO -- Continuing to bolster its programming team, Canadian broadcaster CanWest Mediaworks on Friday named veteran TV development executive Christine Shipton as its senior director of dramatic programming. The move follows Toronto-based CanWest on Wednesday naming Zev Shalev as senior executive producer, responsible for entertainment and information program making (HR 5/19). Shipton, who has completed a number of executive stints with W Network, Alliance Atlantis Television, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., will develop and produce original dramas and comedies for CanWest's twin TV networks in Canada. Shipton was most recently an executive producer with Blueprint Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based TV producer led in part by former Alliance Atlantis executives.

Blueprint taps Shipton to lead prod'n

TORONTO -- Veteran Canadian producer Christine Shipton on Tuesday joined Los Angeles-based Blueprint Entertainment to oversee from Toronto the development and production of TV shows generated in Canada, Blueprint said Tuesday. Shipton, most recently senior director of programming and development at W Network, a Canadian women-themed channel, will rejoin Blueprint co-founders John Morayniss and Noreen Halpern, with whom Shipton worked at Alliance Atlantis Communications as executive vp. Blueprint also hired another Alliance alumnus, Jeff Lynas, as its Los Angeles-based senior vp. Lynas was vp U.S. operations and sales at Alliance Atlantis Television. "Having worked with both Christine and Jeff for many years at Alliance Atlantis, it's like welcoming back family that has come home after a long and fruitful journey," Blueprint principal Noreen Halpern, a former senior vp TV series at Alliance Atlantis, said in a statement. Toronto-based Alliance Atlantis recently said it was getting out of film and TV production to focus on Canadian specialty channels and movie distribution.

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